(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 19 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 135 km West Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.1°N, 120.0°E). Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated based on all available data at 880 km East of Eastern Visayas (11.1°N, 133.8°E). 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Monday, August 20, 2018

600 motorcycle riders, enthusiasts join clean riders launching

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 20 - More than 600 motorcycle riders and enthusiasts participated in the launching of Philippine National Police’s (PNP) newest campaign plan “Clean Rider”at Police Regional Office (PRO) 13, Saturday, which aims to curb crimes perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects.

“This is a serious move by the PNP that aims mainly to underscore the total elimination of crimes committed by these motorcycle-riding suspects, eradicate road unworthy motorcycles, impound stolen motorcycles, and ensure the safety and security of the law-abiding motorcycle riders,” said Police Chief Superintendent Noli A. Romana PRO13 Regional Director.

Also present during the launching were ranking police officials of PRO13 led by Acting Deputy Regional Director for Operations PSSupt. Jimili L Macaraeg, who delivered the message of the regional director to 20 motorcycle clubs and enthusiasts, regional staff, Regional Highway Patrol Group, Crime Laboratory Office 13, media personalities and other PNP personnel of PRO13. 

A promotional video was presented that followed a signing of the Pledge of Commitment to encouraged riders to obtain a clean rider sticker by applying for one at the police stations in their localities.

Motorcycle-riders will only need to submit the official receipt and certificate of registration of his motorcycle, his driver’s license and other valid identification cards. Once a rider and a vehicle pass inspection, they would be given a sticker with security features.

PCSupt. Romana reminded that the clean rider sticker and serial number are non-transferrable.

He also reminded the motorists to immediately report to the nearest police station if they lose their clean rider sticker or serial number. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DTI conducts techno training on 'ampao' making in SurSur

By Romel Oribe

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 20 - The Surigao del Sur Provincial Office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), under its Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), conducted a techno-training on "ampao" (puffed rice) making to 21 members of Bayogo Agro-Forestry Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BAFMPC) in Bayogo, Madrid, Surigao del Sur on August 16, 2018.

Florida O. Madrona, a self-proclaimed pop rice queen from Tago, trained the participants on the intricacies of ampao making. Hers is an heirloom recipe whose production process is totally different from those Do-It-Yourself pop/puffed rice videos one finds on the net.

Her brand of ampao-making maybe a bit tedious because it involves cooking rice, sun drying, frying and popping, soaking it in sugar syrup, letting it cool on a flatbed before slicing and packing; but it has a distinct flavor that makes one reach for more. 

All five men and 16 women members of BAFMPC, an agrarian reform beneficiary organization (ARBO), had it easy as Madrona is a born comic who did an actual demo and allowed them to do hands-on.  Later, during the food-tasting, participants agreed that it was one yummy ampao they made.

Joselito B. Paler, CARP senior staff of DTI-SdS, did a lecture on costing and pricing as part of the training.  To ensure that participants can “monetize” immediately their newly-acquired skills, DTI-CARP gave a starter package that included one sack of rice, 24 kilos brown sugar, 18 kilos cooking oil, one kilo calamansi, one mesh oil strainer, mold, and one wooden ladle.

Being part of Basak ARC in Madrid, Surigao del Sur, BAFMPC is all set to become a more viable economic enterprise. As they say: once you pop, you can’t stop! (DTI/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

NC-Bayugan City invites more food, handicraft processors for product enhancement services, programs

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 20 - The Negosyo Center (NC) here under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) continuously encourages handicraft and food producers in the city who need product enhancement assistance to visit the office and avail of the programs and services.

Bayugan City has many processed products that need proper labeling and packaging in order to enhance marketability.

In partnership with the local government unit (LGU) of Bayugan City, the center has been introducing various skills enhancement trainings to those who are interested to start business, facilitating trainings for the food and handicraft producers and promoting these products thru trade fairs and other marketing initiatives.

Recently, LGU-Bayugan City organized the 11th Charter Day Mega Jobs Fair 2018 thru Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK). The Local companies who joined the event to satisfy their requirements for additional staff are:  Hervic Commercial, Gaisano Marketplace, Ace Hardware, Taytay sa Kauswagan, Butuan Doctors Hospital, Saint Francis Xavier College, RMA Manpower Corporation. 

The participating overseas companies include I-Excel Manpower Corp., Starworl Int'l, Jenerick Int'l Manpower Inc., Placewell Int'l Manpower Services.

TNK facilitated a total of 188 applicants and hired on the spot 47 workers. The Agusan del Sur DTI Provincial Director, Jose T. Baron, encouraged job-seekers to be prepared when attending jobs fair and the employees to save money and invest it in business. 

DTI staged a technology demonstration on karlang chips processing attended by the TNK participants.The activity was one of the initiatives of the LGU in partnership with the Provincial Employment and Services Office, Department of Labor and Employment and the DTI. (JPG/DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

16 chiefs of police sacked over poor performance in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 20 -  Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga regional director PCSupt Noli A Romana ordered the immediate relief of 16 chiefs of police in the region from their respective posts over their poor performance in the government's anti-illegal drug campaign.

PCSupt. Romana ratified the recommendation of the Oversight Committee on Illegal Drugs on the fast relief of the 16 Municipal Chiefs of Police (COP) who either had "no or low accomplishment" in the anti-illegal drug campaign in their area of responsibility.

The oversight committee headed by PSSupt. Jimili L Macaraeg, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Operations, decided to recommend to get rid of the police heads of the Municipal Police Station (MPS) of Santiago, Las Nieves, Kitcharao, and Magallanes of Agusan del Norte; Taganaan, Bacuag and San Francisco of Surigao del Norte; and Cantilan, Marihatag, Cagwait and Madrid of Surigao del Sur.

“The COPs failed to meet the requirements presented by the oversight committee on the number of accomplishment in their anti-illegal drugs operation,” PCSupt. Romana pointed out.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Director of Dinagat Islands Provincial Police Office already relieved five Chiefs of Police from their post.

Other low performers were warned to intensify their operations, otherwise will also be relieved of their posts.

“All Chiefs of Police in our region are reminded to maximize their efforts on anti-criminality operations especially on illegal drugs or they will face the same fate if they fail to meet the requirements set by the oversight committee,” Romana warned. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Geotagging aids monitoring of DAR AgSur projects

By Rechel D. Besonia

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 20 - To sustain the gains from the different Foreign-Assisted Projects (FAPs), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Sur has institutionalized a sustainability mechanism on operations and maintenance (O&M) of completed physical infrastructure sub-projects through an Applied Geotagging Training on August 14 to 16, 2018 at Mabe’s Savory Place, this province.

The activity was participated in by municipal coordinators whose task is to conduct sustainable monitoring and evaluation of these projects and provide proper recommendations to local government units (LGUs) and people's organizations (POs) in their respective area of coordination. 

“This initiative was part of the directives during the national assessment which is to conduct a regular sustainability monitoring for completed physical infrastructure sub-projects under completed and on-going FAPs,” Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Leoncio C. Bautista said.

“This was given emphasis to avoid any reversion of grants extended by the DAR to the LGUs into loans in cases where completed physical infrastructure sub project are not maintained,” added Bautista. 

Senior Economic Development Specialist of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Engr. Mitchell C. Castillon and ARPO II of DAR Regional Office Engr. Evangeline G. Hanginan served as the resource speakers. 

The three-day training started with a discussion and overview of applied geotagging technology in project monitoring, setting up the geotagging device and website application database.

The second day focused on actual field work for sample data gathering, processing of actual projects, data uploading and information management, data banking and archiving and creating the geotagging website, while the last day wasthe presentation of outputs per group.

Geotagging is the addition of geographical information, usually in the form of latitude and longitude coordinates through web sites, images, videos, smartphone transmissions, and various other data types and sources.

In DAR, this will help preserve and restore the system of completed subprojects to the designed or accepted configurations in order to offset the effects of weather, organic growth, traffic wear, damage or vandalism and to preclude deterioration of structures and appurtenant facilities over time. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tagalog News: National ID system ng gobyerno, umani ng suporta mula sa iba't ibang sektor sa lungsod ng Butuan

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Agosto 20 (PIA) - Umani ng positibong reaksyon at suporta ang Philippine Identification System (Philsys) ng gobyerno sa lungsod ng Butuan mula nang malagdaan ni President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ang Republic Act 11055 kamakailan, na kung saan pangungunahan ng Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) ang pag-gegenerate ng mga datus ng bawat Pilipino at resident aliens, at sila ay mabibigyan ng national ID na may nakalaang magkakaibang Philsys number. 

Ayon kay Nel Oliver Agudo, media practitioner ng isang radio station sa Butuan City, malaking tulong ang pagsasabatas ng Philsys at pagkakaroon ng iisang ID sa bawat pilipino dahil naka-streamline na ang impormasyon ng bawat indibidwal gamit ang kanyang ID number o CRN.

Hindi na rin daw kailangan pa ng ibang valid IDs sa kanilang transaksyon sa mga opisina, at mas madali pa ang pagverify ng identity. 

Sang-ayon din si William Mepieza, isang person with disability (PWD) na taga barangay Baobaoan, Butuan City sa Philippine ID System. Mas magaan daw ito sa kanila dahil iisang ID nalang ang gagamitin sa mga transaksyon sa gobyerno. 

Ibinahagi naman ni PSA Caraga regional director Rosalinda Celeste-Apura, na sa pamamagitan ng Philsys, ang bawat pilipino ay magkakaroon ng iisang ID na syang gagamitin nila sa kanilang business transactions sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno at magagamit din nila ito sa pag-aaply ng driver’s license, passport, tax-related transactions, voters’ registration, pag-apply sa mga paaralan, at maging sa kanilang transaksyon sa bangko.  

Ang national ID ang siyang gagamitin ng bawat Filipino at resident aliens sa kanilang transaksyon sa pamahalaan, at mas mapapabilis pa ang kanilang pag-avail ng mga benepisyo, programa at serbisyo ng gobyerno nang wala ng masyadong maraming dokumentong kailangang ipresenta. 

Ito na rin ang gagamitin nilang ID sa pagproseso ng kanilang benepisyo sa Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation, Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), maging sa local civil registry offices, Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Philippine Post at iba pang ahensya ng pamahalaan.

Dagdag pa ni Dir. Apura, bagamat isa ng batas ang Philsys, hinihintay pa nila ang paglabas ng implementing rules and regulations (IRR), kung saan nakasaad lahat dito ang alituntunin sa pagpapatupad ng nasabing batas. 

Ang mga marginalized sectors ng bansa din ang syang mauunang mabibigyan ng national ID, kabilang na dito ang mga indigenous peoples, senior citizens, at PWDs. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: 'Campaign plan clean rider' inilunsad ng PNP sa Surigao Sur

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Agosto 20 (PIA) – Matiwasay na nilunsad ng kapulisan dito sa probinsya ng Surigao del Sur ang kanilang programang “Campaign Plan Clean Rider” nuong Sabado, Agosto 18, 2018 na isinasagawa sa Vicente L. Pimentel Sr. Boulevard nitong lungsod.

Ang nasabing okasyon ay pinangunahan ni Police Senior Supt. Francisco Dungo Jr., Provincial Director ng Police Provincial Office ng probinsya, kasama na din dito ang hepe ng Tandag Municipal Police Station kung saan dinaraos ang nasabing aktibidad.

Sa kanyang mensahe, sinabi ni PSSupt  Dungo, “layunin ng programa na mapaigting ang seguridad at kaligtasan ng bawat motorista sa kalsada.”

Dagdag pa ni PSSupt Dungo, sa pamamagitan nito “mapapabilis ang pagsisiyasat sa mga checkpoints na ilulunsad nang ating mga kapulisan at mapadali ang pagtukoy sa mga motoristang lumalabag sa batas trapiko at sa mga nasasangkot sa krimen.”

Sa kanyang mensahe, hinikayat din ng opisyal ang mga motorista sa nasabing lungsod at sa buong probinsiya ng Surigao del Sur na magparehistro sa mga estasyon ng mga kapulisan sa kani-kanilang bayan para na rin sa kanilang kaligtasan.

Ayon dito, ang isang motorista na magpaparehistro kinakailangan lamang na magpasa ng mga papeles sa estasyon ng Police upang mapabilang sa Clean Riders. Kabilang na isusumite ng isang motorista ay ang Official Receipt (OR), Certificate of Registration (CR), lisensya at valid identification. 

Ayon pa kay PSSupt Dungo, ang mga ito ay sisiyasatin ng mabuti kung tunay ang mga papeles o kaya ay lumalabag sa batas at nakaalarma sa vehicle Information Management System ng Highway Patrol Group.

Kalakip ang motor na sisiyasatin kung ito ay lumalabag sa batas ng RA 4136 o “An Act To Compile the Laws Relative to Land Transportation and Traffic Rules, to Create a Land Transportation Commission and for other purposes.”

Matapos dumaan sa masusing pagsisiyasat ng mga dokumento at motor, ito ay itatalaga ng pulis bilang clean rider sa system ng Campaign Plan Clean Rider, ayon pa kay Dungo.

Tatlong silyo ang ibibigay sa bawat motorista na pasado sa pagbeberika na may iisang serial number lamang. Ang mga ito ay ididikit sa motorsiklo, helmet na my ICC mark, at sa likod ng Driver's License ng motorista.

Samantala, ang nasabing paglulunsad ay dinaluhan ni Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel bilang pangunahing bisitang pandangal at tagapasalita sa nasabing okasyon, na sumusuporta sa nasabing programa. Namigay din ito umano ng libreng gasolina sa mga motoristang dumalo at nagpamyembro sa Clean Rider sa araw ng nasabing okasyon. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)